In One Eye

Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Network is being upgraded at work, so I can't blog during the day. Anyway, the following exchange from yesterday's press briefing caught my attention.
Q - Earlier today, the President said, and encouraged Americans to not use gasoline unnecessarily, to not take trips that were not absolutely necessary. Would the President curtail his own travel to the region, since he can be in touch by --

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think it's important for the President of the United States to travel to the region and get firsthand accounts of the operations and to provide comfort and support to those who are -- have been affected by this -- by these hurricanes, as well as those who are providing the critical support, the critical relief to get these people back up on their feet and to save lives and sustain lives. That's an important responsibility of the President of the United States, and he had a good trip over this weekend and was able to get a firsthand account of a lot of operations that were underway, as well as to talk to officials about some of the lessons we've learned over the past few weeks and do some fact finding on his own. But it's an important responsibility for the President.
Sure, Scott. The hoi polloi are asked to conserve, but "it's important" for the oligarchs to travel in their 747s and their entourages of a dozen Lincoln Town Cars.

The whole thing is a joke as Dear Leader can't do a thing about it, and he's so ADD anyway that anything he hears he won't comprehend. Let's face it: The reason "it's important for [this] President of the United States to travel to the region" is that he's desperately trying to regain the massive amount of political capital he's lost in the last month.